COUNCILLORS have approved plans for a new seated parlour at the rear of Edgworth’s famous Holden’s Ice Cream.

Blackburn with Darwen planning committee gave the ‘modest and sympathetic addition’ permission for the scheme despite objections from neighbours.


The shop is a major destination for walkers and other visitors to the village near Darwen, Owner Richard Cort, 59, who bought the family-run business and its secret ice cream recipe, can now add a 33 square metre covered area to the rear of his premises at the crossroads of Blackburn, Broadhead, Bury and Bolton Road.

Three village residents objected to the proposal on grounds of noise, traffic danger, litter and parking.

Paul and Corrinne Street told Blackburn with Darwen planning committee: “We have lived at this address for 20 years and love the beautiful village and surrounding area. We really do not want it to turn into a car park full of used ice-cream cartons.

Mr Cort said the new seating would reduce ‘pavement congestion’ outside the shop and he tried to discourage his patrons from parking close to the crossroads.